In the state of Goa, Dabolim Airport is the only one airport in the village named Dabolm and it operated from the military airbase named INS Hansa.
Approximately 700 flights are handled in Goa whereas 90% are the country’s charter tourist’s flights. Report says that 150 to 200 thousand foreign tourists land at Dabolim airport through the charter flights. From tourism 5-10% of the foreign tourists account in Goa is in national figure whereas 10-15% is in the country’s foreign exchange receipts. Most of the tourist’s charter flights are from U.K and Russia and Goa airport has to give attention to the accommodation of the shifted flights of night and early morning of weekdays. In 2007-08 the number of tourist from U.K is nearly 80,000 and from Russia is 40,000. And Russia and U.K are in the top of two to visit Goa.
As the Indian Navy controls Dabolim’s Air traffic Dabolim’s has to give revenue to Indian Navy. And the revenue cost is thus Landing fees Rs.17, 000 each and RNF are about Rs. 7,400. In the same reason per day the AAI get aircraft parking fees Rs 10,000 and AAI and Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) receives a part of the passenger service fees equally. So it can be said that Dabolim airport is only one of the “profitable” airport of AAI.
AAI bears the expenditure for the improvement of Dabolim airport. And the runway of Dabolim airport is increased from 1,829 meters to approximately 2370 meters and Boeing 747 can now run at Dabolim Airport. As there is shortage of night parking bays report says that 40 hectors are exclusively needed to with the 14 hectors like a premium metro airport like Mumbai.
As the transfer of the required land is delayed by Navy The Indian Civil Aviation Ministry has taken a decision and planned to upgrade the Dabolim airport in 2006. And this plan includes construction of a new international passenger terminal where as the old one will be converted into the domestic terminal, and an aircraft stands over an area of 4 hectares. Though it was decided that the construction would be completed within 2007 the proceedings was held up for Indian Navy Authority.
Report says of some accident near Dabolim airport. One of those was taken place on 1 October 2002. Again a Sea Harrier collapse in December 2004 at the time of landing though the pilot survived. Same kind of an accident also takes place in early 2005 though in that case the Sea Harrier over crossed the runway. In most cases the pilot survived but on 24 December 2007 a Sea Harrier’s crash keep the operation halted for 90 minutes.
The Airport Authority of India reported that the total passenger handling capacity is increasing day by day. The figure in the year 20004-05 was yearly 1.3 million and with a daily average of 3467 passengers. At the same time the airport director claimed that n the commercial year 2006 2.2 million passengers used the airport and this increases to 0.4 million in the commercial year 2007. In this way the airport has made its position in the top ten amongst India’s airport through passenger volume.